How to Germinate an Apple Seed


Germination is the first step an apple seed must take before it begins to grow into a tree. This vital process is also one of the easiest steps involved in growing an apple tree from seed. It isn't recommended to plant apple seeds in hopes of growing a delicious fruit-bearing tree as the result will likely be unsatisfactory. However, apple seed germination is a good experiment to teach children about the origins of a tree. With just a few common household materials, you can successfully germinate apple seeds every time.

Step 1

Fill a sealable plastic bag with 1/4 inch of peat or potting soil.

Step 2

Add just enough water to the bag so the soil is slightly damp, but not soggy.

Step 3

Place five to 10 evenly-spaced seeds inside the bag. Press the seeds down into the soil so they are covered with a thin layer on each side.

Step 4

Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator until the seeds germinate, usually between one and two weeks. Since the bag is sealed, the moisture will stay inside, so there is no need to add water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Apple seeds from a store-bought apple will likely produce a tree with poor-tasting fruit. Store-bought apples generally come from trees that were cross pollinated.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat or potting soil
  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Apple seeds
  • Refrigerator


  • Apple Seed FAQ
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